Suzy Loftus leads SF DA race but still too close to call

Elections

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — One of the biggest races in the Bay Area is the race for San Francisco District Attorney.

Four candidates are vying for the position following former DA George Gascon’s abrupt resignation: Chesa Boudin, Leif Dautch, Suzy Loftus, and Nancy Tung.

As of 4 p.m., Loftus is in the lead by more than 2,000 votes.

Here are the latest numbers released.

Suzy Loftus: 55,830

Chesa Boudin: 53,625

Boudin has the most first place votes by more than 1,000. But after rank-choice voting is applied, Loftus jumps to the lead.

Ballots are still being counted. According to the department, they still have another 70,000 ballots left to count.

It could take a week before the final results are announced.

Background on the DA Race

KRON4 held a debate with all four candidates in this race. Get to know the candidates by watching the debate here.

Mayor Breed appointed Suzy Loftus as interim DA last month after Gascon’s resignation. This controversial decision was met with protests. Critics of the move say Breed appointing a candidate she endorsed gives Loftus an unfair advantage over her rivals.

The candidate who has arguably garnered the most attention for wanting to bring change is Chesa Boudin. Boudin is a public defender who has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and featured in both the Washington Post and Mother Jones.  

Though he’s opposed by the San Francisco Police Officers Association. In fact, the association says they are neutral with other candidates but against Boudin.

Longtime prosecutor Nancy Tung is also a candidate in the race. She says San Francisco is top of the list for property crimes and reports filed per capita.  

Deputy State Attorney General Leif Dautch is also running for the DA’s top spot as well.  He supports the creation of an auto burglary task force and wants to crack down on drug dealers plaguing the city.

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